Facebook Inc gave sure companies, including Netflix (NFLX.O) and Airbnb, preferential access to user data, according to company’s internal documents released by a British lawmaker.
Dating app Badoo and Lyft were among other companies ‘whitelisted’ for access to friends’ data, the documents here made public on Wednesday by Damian Collins showed.
Collins obtained documents from Six4Three, an app developer that is currently busy in a legal battle with Facebook.
“The documents Six4Three gathered for their baseless case are only part of the story and are presented in a method that is very deceptive without additional context,” a Facebook spokesperson said.
“We stand by platform changes we made in 2015 to stop a person from sharing their friends’ data with developers.”
Collins also alleged that Facebook took aggressive positions against competitor apps by denying them approach to any user data.
Documents show an exchange between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and senior executive Justin Osofsky in 2013, which approved barring friends’ data access to Vine, a video-hosting service owned by Twitter.